A+E Networks-owned cable net History is examining the mystery of the unidentified Zodiac Killer in its non-fiction limited event series The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer.
Produced by Karga Seven Pictures, the five-part unscripted series follows a crack team of investigators and code-breakers, in tandem with a super-computer known as CARMEL, as they work to break the mysterious Z340 cryptograms – a tangled combination of ancient and modern symbology. To date, of the four ciphers sent, one has been definitively solved.
Believing they may have broken “a significant portion” of the code, the team has been granted unprecedented access to police files, new witnesses and clues, as well as the cooperation of representatives of the CIA and FBI.
Featured in The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer are retired LAPD homicide detective Sal LaBarbera; former FBI task force member and cold case detective Ken Mains; and University of Southern California professor of computer science Kevin Knight.
The still unidentified “Zodiac” ravaged northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a series of killings in which men and women between the ages of 16 and 29 were targeted. Investigators have tied the Zodiac Killer to five confirmed murders and have linked him to an additional 20 to 28 killings. The Zodiac has claimed to have killed 37 in letters sent to newspapers in the Bay Area.
The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer premieres Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History in North America. Across the pond, the series will launch on History UK on Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. GMT.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the project.